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  1. a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation.
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verb (used with object), cha·grined or cha·grinned, cha·grin·ing or cha·grin·ning.
  1. to vex by disappointment or humiliation: The rejection of his proposal chagrined him deeply.
  2. Obsolete. shagreen(def 1).
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Origin of chagrin

1650–60; < French < ?
Related formsun·cha·grined, adjective


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1. See shame.
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  • "She might have been polite enough to invite me in," said Halbert, with chagrin.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "He must have stolen it," muttered Halbert, looking after Robert with disappointment and chagrin.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I accosted him, when, to my chagrin and disappointment, he was a white man.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • Nor was there in this her conclusion anything of chagrin, or pettish self-humiliation.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Yet, despite his chagrin, he realized that he could not send her from him forthwith.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for chagrin


  1. a feeling of annoyance or mortification
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verb (tr)
  1. to embarrass and annoy; mortify
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Derived Formschagrined, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from French chagrin, chagriner, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for chagrin


1650s, "melancholy," from French chagrin "melancholy, anxiety, vexation" (14c.), from Old North French chagreiner or Angevin dialect chagraigner "sadden," of unknown origin, perhaps [Gamillscheg] from Old French graignier "grieve over, be angry," from graigne "sadness, resentment, grief, vexation," from graim "sorrowful," of unknown origin, perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German gram "angry, fierce"). But OED and other sources trace it to an identical Old French word, borrowed into English phonetically as shagreen, meaning "rough skin or hide," of uncertain origin, the connecting notion being "roughness, harshness." Modern sense of "feeling of irritation from disappointment" is 1716.

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1660s (implied in chagrined), from chagrin (n.). Related: Chagrined; chagrining.

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